How To Spot Fake Yeezy 700 Wave Runner (2024)

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Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Ch David

This is the ultimate Adidas YEEZY 700 V1 legit check guide.

Join us, and let’s help you authenticate your 700s — our guide works for all colorways!

Related guides: 700 V2, 700 V3.

How to tell if Yeezy 700s are fake

  • You can tell if Yeezy 700s are fake by checking the size tag.
  • Fakes always have thicker inscriptions compared to genuine pairs.

1. Barcode scan

When you are ready to scan the barcode of your Yeezy Wave Runner, we recommend that you use the Legit Check App.

When you scan the barcode using the Legit Check App, the app will run your unique barcode against other Yeezy sneakers online. Note that all Yeezy sneakers have a unique barcode that relates to a specific combination of:

  • Colorway – MSOGR (B75571)
  • Style – 700
  • Size – From 4 to 17

1.1. How to scan it

  • Download the Legit Check App on your phone.
  • Open the app.
  • Tap on the barcode scan icon.
  • Focus your camera on the barcode on the box of your Yeezy 700.
  • Check the results.
Legit Check Barcode Scan Sneakers

Upon scanning your barcode, you’ll be forwarded to Google (or your default-set search engine), where you can see the online results.

1.2. Authentic results

  • Now, if the results show lots of confirmation points on Google for your unique barcode as illustrated in the picture below, then you can be assured that your box is authentic.
  • Please note that we say the box is authentic and not the sneakers because there is still the possibility that the real sneakers might have been swapped for the fake ones by the fake resellers to trick buyers into thinking the sneakers are genuine.

1.3. Fake results

  • If the results do not show confirmation points that match the size-colorway combination, then you probably have a fake in your hands.
  • Please note that the barcode scanning can only be considered a perfect match when the size and colorway combination on the results match the one on the box.
  • Thus, if only one of the two matches, then the box is still a fake.

For the full story on how to scan the barcode on the box or your Yeezy 700 OG for authenticity, read our article here.


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2. Size tag

2.1 – “US UK FR JP CHN”

  • On the “US UK FR JP CHN” text on the fake Yeezy 700, the font is thicker.
  • Besides, the surrounding lines are also a lot thicker on the fake shoes.

On the legit pairs, the font seems a lot thinner and the surrounding lines are thinner.

2.2 – The # numbers

As you can see in the fake vs real Yeezy Boost 700 OG images above, the text on the counterfeit sneakers is a lot thinner than the text on the legit pairs. In fact, the authentic Yeezy Wave Runner pairs have their text looking a lot thicker than the fake pairs’ text.

2.3 – The “ART” text

  • On the fake pair, the “ART” text is too small.
  • The same inscription is also too thin on the fake pair’s size tag.

2.4 – The “®” symbol

  • On the fake, the “®” is touching the “adidas” text.
  • This is an instant callout for a fake pair of Yeezys.
  • Besides, there is also a different spacing between the “adidas®” and the square above from the real vs fake Yeezy 700 OG pairs.

3. Box label

The Yeezy-Adidas collaboration releases its sneakers in two versions – the US version and the international version.

  • The US version displays three-country sizes on the box label – US, UK, and F.
  • The international version of the Yeezy 700 OG, on the other hand, features 6 countries (US, UK, F, D, J, and CHN) sizes and every one of them is in equal prints on the label.
  • Here, the US size is in large print, while the other two sizes are featured under the US size and in smaller prints.
  • On the bottom right-hand corner of the box label is the serial number.
    • If the pair is a US release, then the serial number is going to end with a V02 or V03.
    • But for international (Canadian/European) releases, the serial number will end with a V10.

As seen in the image below, in the authentic international version featuring 6 sizes, the serial number ends with a V10. However, on the fake box label which is a US version, the serial number ends with a V10, as opposed to a V02 or V03.

Please note that if you notice any deviation from this pattern, then you are without a doubt looking at a fake Waver Runner Yeezys.

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4. Lacing

The authentic lacing style follows a simple pattern:

  • The left lace goes under the right lace in the left shoe.
  • The right lace goes under the left lace in the right shoe. 
  • If your lacing style does not correspond with this pattern when you first unbox your sneakers, then you certainly have a fake product in your hands. 
  • However, it is important to understand that following the correct lacing pattern does not always mean the sneakers are authentic either.

Let’s look at a more detailed comparison:

  • The fake pair doesn’t have the correct lace going beneath its correspondent.

As laces can be replaced on worn pairs, we do not consider this to be a foolproof indicator of authenticity.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

5. Rear shape

  • In the middle side of the suede, there is an empty gap that somehow looks like a thermometer.
    • On the authentic Yeezy 700 OG sneakers, you can see how the bottom side of this thermometer is actually a wide circle which is larger than the tubular straight shape above.
    • On the fake Yeezy 700 Wave Runner, the thermometer-looking shape doesn’t have a wider round bottom.
  • On the bottom side of the fake sneakers, you will most likely see a less wide and rounder shape than the legit shape.

6. Tongue

  • Fake Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runners will have a different shape for the tongue.
  • Usually, that’s a longer shape.
  • By that, we mean that the replica Yeezy 700 sneakers will have their tongue looking a lot higher and longer than the authentic sneakers’ tongue.

7. Side pods

  • First of all, the “eyes” on the fake Yeezy 700 Wave Runner are wider on the edges.
  • The two orange pods are placed incorrectly on the replica Yeezys, as they are at a different angle.
    • By that, we meant that the pod which is closer to the heel area is angled more to the left pod on the replica Yeezy 700 OG.
    • On the authentic Yeezys, it is angled more to the right side of the shoes (to the heel side).
  • The two pods on the midsole of the fake 700s are a lot bigger and larger on the replica sneakers.

8. Reflectiveness (3M)

Turning the flashlight on, this time we will look at the glowing of the real vs fake Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner sneakers and the alignment of the 3M glowing elements on the sneakers.

  • The fake Yeezy Boost 700 OG will have their eyes overly bright and too shiny.
  • Most of the time, the replica Yeezys will have the 3 reflective lines too thick.
  • The fake 3M reflective lines are misplaced and over-angled as well.

9. Heel bump

  • The replica Yeezys have a less bumped heel, while the authentic Yeezys have an actual bump.
  • By bump, we are talking about a curving ratio of the sneakers.
  • So, the replica Yeezy 700 sneakers have a less curved heel, while the authentic pairs look curvier and bumped heels.

10. Toe box

real vs fake yeezy 700
  • The fake toe box is too close to the ground.
  • It is not as curvy as the authentic pair’s toe box, which arches more.

11. V-shaped panel

  • Fakes have the grey suede area on the toe box which looks like a “V” looking a lot wider.
  • In fact, the fake “V” actually looks like a “U” instead.

On the other hand, the authentic Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner sneakers will never have their toe box’s “V” shape looking wider or larger, as on the replica sneakers.

12. Insole

12.1. Front

  • On the classic three-striped Adidas logo, you can see how the smallest line has a curvy edge on the left side of it.
  • On the actual “adidas” print, you can see how the letters “a” and “d” have an empty space between the round symbol and the stick on the right side of the letters on the fake Yeezys.
  • The replica Yeezy 700 insole has a different font weight, as the letter “s” is a lot thicker on the fake Yeezys than on the retail pairs.

12.2. Rear

  • Here, the first thing you should pay attention to is the embossment of the logo.
  • You will notice that the print is significantly deeper on the authentic insole, as evident in the way shadows create depth.
  • Also, the characters in “Adidas” are thicker on the replicas when compared to the thinner prints on the authentic.
  • You will also observe that there is more distance between the “Adidas” text and the outline on the fake size tag as opposed to the more compact style on the logo.
  • Lastly, on the authentic pair, the ® engraving is significantly deeper like the other characters. However, on the fake insole, the letter R is bigger than necessary.

12.3. Serial number

The serial number can be found on the side of the Yeezy 700 OG.

  • On the fake insole, the text is slightly thicker than it is on the original.
  • As a result, you will notice reduced spacing between letters.
  • This is especially evident in the dash character between 7 and 5.

Shortlist: How to tell fake Yeezy 700 Wave Runner

  • Scan the barcode of the Yeezy Boost 700 OG using the Legit Check App.
  • Verify the Yeezy 700 OG size tag for inconsistencies in the printing quality.
  • Inspect the serial numbers and sizes on the box label.
  • Ensure the lacing style of the Yeezy 700 OG follows the correct style following the right lace under in the right shoe and the left leg under in the left shoe pattern.
  • Look at the rear details of the sneakers. Mostly, the bottom side of the suede area will not be wide and large on the fake Yeezys.
  • Check the height of the tongue on your Yeezy 700 OG. Most of the time, the fake shoes will have their tongue too long.
  • Verify the placement and shape of the pods and the eyes on the side of the shoes. Mostly, the eyes are a lot larger on the fake shoes than the ones on the authentic pairs, and the pods are too wide and placed incorrectly.
  • Analyze the 3M reflective material on the side of the shoes. Mostly, the eyes are too bright on the fake shoes, and the Adidas three-stripe logo has its glowing lines looking too thick and misaligned.
  • Inspect the Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner for the heel bump. Usually, the replica Yeezys have the rear side of the shoes looking less curvy on the heel, while the authentic sneakers look curvier.
  • Ensure that the toe box is not unusually inflated on your Yeezy 700 pair.
  • Verify the V-shaped toe box suede area. Most of the time, the replica Yeezy Boost 700 OG pairs will have the grey suede area on the toe box looking more like a “U” instead of a “V”, as on the authentic sneakers.
  • Analyze for inconsistencies on the insole regarding the logo and the text.

There are situations, where you may be unable to go through each detailed step, explained above when you need to authenticate your Yeezy Boost 700 Waver Runner (OG).

That is why we have compiled this quick 60 seconds solution to authenticating your sneakers.

Expert Yeezy 700 authentication service

If you need help with the authentication of your Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner (OG), we’ve got you covered.

All you have to do is send us good-quality pictures of your 700 OG and we will get back to you with the results within 24 to 48 hours. The results will also come with a report on why we believe your sneakers are fake or authentic.

That brings us to the end of our real vs fake Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner guide. We will continue to update this article as better and newer comparisons are put out.

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Ch Daniel is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch, one of the world's leading companies in product authentications. Daniel's experience: 8+ years in the luxury industry, 7+ years in the authentication industry, 10+ years of business development. Currently, Daniel is overseeing the development of new products of Legit Check By Ch.
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